False Doctrine / Sound Doctrine-Part 3

In Paul’s letter to Titus it is stated in chapter 2 verse 1, “You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.”  Beginning with verse two Titus is told  what qualifies as being consistent with sound doctrine.  In the remainder of chapter two he deals with the things  five different groups of individuals are to be taught.   The details of  these  teachings is the Biblical foundation for sound doctrine.

In three of these groups Paul shares with Titus the purpose of the things he was to teach.  The teaching and application of sound doctrine will bring certain results.  The younger women were instructed to live in such a way that “no one will malign the word of God”.  The young men were to hold to a certain lifestyle so that “those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about you.” Slaves were to be instructed to conduct themselves so that “in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.”  Sound doctrine always produces a lifestyle that makes the appearance of those who follow its teaching productive to the cause of Christ.  Sound doctrine is concerned with how lives are lived.

In his letter to Titus,  Paul has given us the Biblical definition and application of sound doctrine.  From the context the only conclusion that can be drawn is  that the teaching of sound doctrine is the teaching of a lifestyle that follows in the footsteps of Jesus.  Paul continues  in Titus 2:15 and following by telling them that these are the things that will be in accord with sound doctrine.  Paul says, “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good.”  This lifestyle is sound doctrine.  Paul concludes in Titus 3:14 by saying, “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.”  Productive Christian lives are lived in the footsteps of Christ.  According to the definition given by Paul to Titus a life lived in the footsteps of the Messiah is the Biblical description of sound doctrine.

Among many today the definition of sound doctrine has been changed.  Today’s definition  is often  much broader than the definition we find in Scripture.  The definition of sound doctrine today has been expanded to include an acceptance and application of  man’s  interpretation of Scripture and the religious traditions he holds dear.  Unfortunately this is not the definition originally given by inspiration.  To hold to this broader discription  is to go far beyond what was revealed or written by God.  If we are to please God our definitions must follow the intent God provided through inspiration in the original text.  If we rewrite the original  definition so that it suits today’s intent we may produce a definition that pleases us, but it certainly will not be the Biblical definition given by inspiration.  Think on these things!  Tomorrow we will discuss the Scriptural definition of  “false doctrine”.

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5 Responses to False Doctrine / Sound Doctrine-Part 3

  1. Jason says:

    What many from the traditional perspective (at least what I used to say) is that if what constitutes sound/false doctrine is not broadened then you hit a slippery slope of having to accept anything and everything.

    To a degree, I understand where they are coming from because, like I said, I was once there. And undoubtedly, there are some “issues” that I think I would have to take a stand against if faced with them in my congregation.

    But the reality is that this “slippery slope” works both ways. If we fail to accept some things based on the “there’s no authority” argument then think of all else we have to criticize and condemn for the sake of consistency. The slippery slope works both ways to an extreme end if we allow it.

    Where that happy medium is exactly, who knows? Somewhere in between definitely, but who knows for sure? I am not convinced anymore that we are supposed to know everything there is to know. All we can do is have pure hearts, try our best to adhere to His word, and let God be the judge on some of these matters. To judge in matters where God has not clarified is not wise at all.

    Good thoughts Dell.

  2. Jason,
    Thanks for the comment. I agree that from the “traditional perspective” we will want to include much more. This article isn’t about what is or is not included in sound doctrine. This article is about the Scriptural definintion of sound doctrine. We make the argument concerning baptism that the Scriptural definition is the correct definition. If this is true concerning baptism then consistency requires we use the same standard concerning “Sound doctrine” as well as “false doctrine”.

  3. Lydia says:

    Would you be able to help me find a Bible definition of the words “sound doctrine” found in Titus 2:1? I am looking for something specific, such as: sound means________and doctrine means______________. Thank you

  4. Lydia the context of Titus tells you what sound doctrine is. If you will allow the Scripture to define sound doctrine you will see that Scripture is defining sound doctrine as living that does not harm the cause of Christ. It is basically a lifestyle of sound or correct living. Thanks for your question. If I can be of further assistance my email address is williamokimberly(at)yahoo.com.

  5. Jr. says:

    I have a friend that doesnt come to my church anymore and he cant stop sayn and influencing others that my church is teaching false. doctrine. He even admits that my church did alot for him and he learned everything he knows there. I went to bible college for 7yrs and understand what is going on. he is stuck on sound doctrine. I have takn him to scripture and have had to tell him to stop tlkn about my church. I told him that it is not ethical. he is going to another church and i am happy for him. but now he started up again because someone left the church. he has got to be kidding me. I am wondering what kind of laws does the church have inorder to protect themselves from people with a conflict of interest. ones that persue the members and mis lead them.

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